'I just wished him luck, not his team!' Maria Tutaia reveals awkward pre-match call with fiance Israel Folau




While Israel Folau took on the All Blacks, his fiancee Maria Tutaia made her loyalties clear by guiding New Zealand to victory over another side in green and gold in the Netball Quad Series opening round in Brisbane on Saturday night.

The Mystics shooter signed a new two-year deal with Netball NZ which allows her to 'rest' in the 2018 season – but don't expect it to be for starting a family.
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Vice-captain Tutaia stood tall as the Silver Ferns held out a plucky South Africa 63-56, notching 28 goals at 82 per cent.

At the same time Folau tried to inspire the Wallabies in their Dunedin Bledisloe Cup clash, Tutaia lifted world No.2 New Zealand against the Proteas.

Kimberlee Downs wondered if when Folau's contract with the ARU is up, he would consider joining his Auckland-based fiancee Maria Tutaia in NZ.
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Silver Ferns superstar Tutaia admitted the clash of matches made for an awkward pre-match phone call.

"Before the game was so funny. We both wished each other luck but I just wished him luck not his team -- go the ABs," Tutaia said.

"He's got no choice with me though. He has to go for the Silver Ferns too."

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